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St. Lucia Campaigns Against Antibiotics

Image: A teacher and her students from the Babonneau Secondary School are being informed about the need to get antibiotics off their menus.
Image: The Minister Emma Hippolyte and the Permanent Secretary AllisionGagadhar (at left and right respectively) in discussion before the walk started.
The Minister Emma Hippolyte and the Permanent Secretary AllisionGagadhar (at left and right respectively) in discussion before the walk started.

THE Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs joined the rest of the world in observance of World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) on Tuesday under the theme: “Antibiotics Off The Menu”.

The Consumer Affairs Department undertook two public activities to draw the awareness of the population about the need to reduce the consumption of antibiotics in food products.

Image: A teacher and her students from the Babonneau Secondary School are being informed about the need to get antibiotics off their menus.
A teacher and her students from the Babonneau Secondary School are being informed about the need to get antibiotics off their menus.

The activities were a road show and a fun walk. The former was staged last Thursday and took the message and information to the communities in the north-eastern part of the island namely: Babonneau, Monchy, Gros Islet and Rodney Bay. During a whistle-stop at Babonneau proper, students from the Babonneau Secondary School were brought out to dialogue with officers of the Department about the theme.

Image: This was the youngest participant (five months old), who is seen here with his mom, won himself a prize.
This was the youngest participant (five months old), who is seen here with his mom, won himself a prize.

On Sunday last the fun walk took place from Mega J to Pigeon Point Upon completion of the walk, several prizes were won by the participants.

Image: A resident of the Babonneau Community is seen here registering for the 10K Fun Walk when the road-show convoy made a whistle-stop in that area.
A resident of the Babonneau Community is seen here registering for the 10K Fun Walk when the road-show convoy made a whistle-stop in that area.

The theme “Antibiotics off the menu” was proclaimed by Consumer International (CI), a global consumer umbrella organization, to draw awareness of its affiliates to provide their citizens with information about the overuse of antibiotics in food, more so food producing animals and to make informed choices.

Image: This participant, who is seen here receiving his prize from the Permanent Secretary, registered the morning of the walk and was the first participant to get to Pigeon Island.
This participant, who is seen here receiving his prize from the Permanent Secretary, registered the morning of the walk and was the first participant to get to Pigeon Island.

1 Comment

  1. Here is a great topic that affects us all and as I started reading it ended abruptly. Here is a tremendous opportunity to educate the public on the pros and cons of antibiotics and the ways in which it affects or alter the gene formation of the body. That information is still trapped in your heads and you have not made use of educating the public on the topic. Hopefully an additional bulletin will follow..

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